From baking and dressmaking to first aid and music lessons, we've found the fun and practical domestic helper courses around Singapore that'll enrich your helper's skills.
Life in Singapore with a young family sometimes requires some pretty nifty skill sets. Especially when it comes to keeping on top of our kids’ demands and our busy adult schedules. The juggle is real, people. And since we can’t be in a zillion places at the same time, having a trusty assistant to help steer us through the parenting minefield is totally essential. Step forward: our amazing domestic helpers!
Whether you are a stay-at-home mum, a working mother or something in between, having an extra pair of eyes at the water playground, extra hands at the soft play centre and extra legs when you’re trying to race between kids at different schools is a godsend. But did you know there are tons of great domestic helper courses in Singapore for your helper to become even more awesome?
We’ve found some fabulous domestic helper courses that we think your helpers will love. We’re talking classes and lessons that will help her embrace and enhance her personal and professional skill-sets. And not only for life with your family either. These courses will help her build a future for life beyond her role as a helper. Read on below!
Domestic helper courses in Singapore
Aidha believes in “sustainable futures through financial education”. This micro-business school organises domestic helper courses in Singapore that cover important life skills for when your helper is ready to move back home. Your helper can pick up tips on developing good saving habits, prepare for future small businesses and learn how to make sound investments. Classes are held on Sundays over a period of nine months. Topics include entrepreneurship, computer literacy, business management and finance.
Where: Aidha, United World College South East Asia, Dover Campus, 1207 Dover Road, Singapore 139654
Foreign Domestic Workers Association for Skills Training (FAST)
With locations all over Singapore, and a heap of great subsidised domestic helper courses to choose from, this charity-funded association ensures your helper will not only pick up some fab new accomplishments, but also some FAST new friends. Classes that are currently available include cooking, infant care, foot reflexology, English language, stress management, baking and computer literacy.Oh, and a beauty-preneurship course too!
Where: FAST, various locations.
Filipino helpers who fancy bagging some new skills can join courses ranging from martial arts to dressmaking at the Bayanihan Centre. Programs typically start in March until October. Classes include cool choices such as cosmetology and aromatherapy too!
Where: Bayanihan Centre, 43 Pasir Panjang Road, Singapore 118503
Mujahidah Learning Centre
Set up in 2005, and now running seven different domestic helper courses, the Mujahidah Learning Centre offers all sorts of fun classes. Think international cookery courses, sewing skills, English lessons and computer literacy programs too.
Where: Mujahidah Learning Centre, Mujahidin Mosque, 590 Stirling Road, Singapore 148952
Archdiocesan Commission for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People (ACMI)
The ACMI (thankfully, this one has an acronym) has courses open to any nationality and prices start from just $100 for 10 lessons. Your helper can try out fun courses from baking, computers and hairdressing, to caregiving, speaking everyday English, small business enterprise classes and even guitar lessons. This centre is popular, and enrolment happens twice yearly, so we advise booking as early as possible.
Where: ACMI, Agape Village, 7a Toa Payoh Lorong 8, Singapore 319264
Humanitarian Organisation for Migration Economics (HOME)
The HOME Academy was set up in order to provide training and support to domestic workers of all nationalities. Weekly Sunday classes offer programs in English, Mandarin, computer skills, cooking, dressmaking and financial education. Your helper will love the HOMEly feeling of the place. It makes it a great place to make some new connections if your helper is new to the country.
Where: HOME, currently suspended due to Covid-19
International Management School (IMS)
The International Management School offers part-time courses (often run on a Sunday) in all sorts of useful subjects. Think business management, civil engineering, caregiving and culinary design. The best part? Costs are kept low to make sure the diplomas are accessible to everyone.
Where: International Management School, 101 Kitchener Road, #03-39 Jalan Besar Plaza, Singapore 208511
Whether your helper is a total novice in the kitchen, or already proving herself to be a bit of a Nigella, Expat Kitchen has cooking and baking courses suitable for all levels. Courses range from one-off classes with a special focus (current classes include ‘packed lunch ideas’, ‘cooking with quinoa’ and ‘Saigon street food’) to full-on intermediate courses. Whatever you choose, your helper can really get to grips with cooking up a healthy, veritable feast. Watch out, Jamie Oliver!
Where: Expat Kitchen, currently suspended due to Covid-19
Mother & Child
For those of us who leave our tots in the care of our helpers, it certainly helps to know they are in capable hands. The Mother & Child First Aid for Helpers class covers infant and child care essentials such as CPR, accident prevention, first aid and emergency procedures. Not only will your helper be learning worthwhile skills, this course will also give parents peace of mind. Read our account of what it’s like to resuscitate your own baby and you’ll understand why.
Where: Mother & Child, at its Tanglin Centre or East Coast Centre
First Aid Tuition
These private domestic helper courses are run by founder Anne Greetham, a fully-qualified American Red Cross Instructor and a Registered General Nurse from St. Thomas’ Hospital, London. The Concise First Aid and CPR course, designed for parents, helpers and babysitters, teach infant, child and adult CPR with the use of a mannequin. You’ll get a manual to keep, and the course can take place in your home. Additionally, if you want to qualify for American Red Cross certification, you can sign up for the Full CPR and First Aid course.
Where: First Aid Tuition, contact for more details
Parentlink offers an invaluable four-hour first aid course for helpers. The course covers emergency situations involving poisoning, fractures, bleeding, burns and more, as well as teaching CPR and putting in place an emergency plan.
Where: Parentlink, 32 Robin Close, Singapore 258311
Conscious Parenting Training: Mary Poppins Training
While there might not be any spoonfuls of sugar, flying umbrellas or chimney sweeping involved, the Conscious Parenting Training: Mary Poppins Training domestic helper course looks pretty supercalifragilisticexpialidocious to us. Your helper will learn how to play and interact positively with babies, toddlers and older kids. They’ll also pick up tips on implementing conscious discipline with kiddos in their care when they are being less than their usual angelic selves…
Where: Conscious Parenting Training, Serendipity Centre, #02-05, 51 Waterloo Street, Singapore 187969
Love this list of courses for domestic helpers? Read this honest and open letter from one domestic worker.